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The Monday Poll: Time and Place

2013 October 7
by Allison Tran
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photo by flickr user Elsie esq

photo by flickr user Elsie esq

Good morning, Hub readers!

Last week we asked you to choose the fictional book from YA lit you’d like to get your hands on. The majority of you share Hermione’s enthusiasm for “Hogwarts: A History” from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, as it captured 50% of the vote. 23% of you are willing to overlook fictional author Peter Van Houten’s character flaws and want to read “An Imperial Affliction” from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and 11% of you would choose the magical book-within-a-book of Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted!

Just as an author can invent a book for the purposes of their story and make it seem real, good writing can bring a particular time and place to life for the reader. This week, we want to know which time and place from a YA book would you most want to visit. Granted, not all of these visits might be entirely pleasant, since history is full of conflict and tragedy– but there are many reasons a reader might feel drawn to a certain time and place. It’s up to you!

This poll is only a small sampling of the many compelling depictions of eras and places in YA historical fiction, so vote from the following options or make a suggestion in the comments!

Time and place you’d want visit based on a YA book:

  • 1920s New York City (The Diviners by Libba Bray) (43%, 37 Votes)
  • 1950s New Orleans (Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys) (20%, 17 Votes)
  • Elizabethan England (The Other Countess by Eve Edwards) (9%, 8 Votes)
  • Post-WWII Palm Beach (What I Saw and How I Lied by Judith Blundell) (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Ancient Japan (Spirit's Princess by Esther Friesner) (7%, 6 Votes)
  • 1912 Titanic (The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf) (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Renaissance Venice (Venom by Fiona Paul) (5%, 4 Votes)
  • 1968 Chicago (The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon) (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

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